Abigail Klein Leichman
February 20

A novel method for producing sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) will be advanced through the establishment of CarboNGV, a joint venture between the Ralco Group and the Blechner Center for Industrial Catalysis and Process Development represented by BGN Technologies, the tech-transfer company of Ben-Gurion University.

The Ralco Group’s investment arm is injecting $2.4 million into this venture, propelling 10 years of research at the Blechner Center to new heights.

The technology can transform a vast array of materials and feedstock, including industrial waste, into synthetic fuel.

By 2025, the first demonstration plant is expected to become operational, churning out SAF and paving the way for a more sustainable future for air travel.

New venture to produce novel sustainable aviation fuel
Arie Sussely, CEO of CarboNGV. Photo by Dor Malka

“For me, CarboNGV is more than a business; it’s a national mission,” said Arie Sussely, CEO of CarboNGV. “After more than two decades of serving my country behind the scenes, I am proud to be at the forefront of this critical endeavor. We are aiming to make Israel a leader in sustainable aviation solutions and turn it into a ‘take-off nation,’ which is more important now than ever.”

SAF is a key element in the aviation industry’s goal of slashing carbon emissions to net zero by 2050. The European Commission is leading the charge with its “Fit for 55” legislative package, which includes a blending mandate for aviation fuel suppliers. This mandate will become effective in 2025, starting with a modest 2% SAF blend, gradually ascending to a commanding 70% by 2050.

“We are very happy to have the opportunity to work with Ralco Group to bring a strategically crucial, green solution to market,” said Shirley Sheffer Hoffman, Senior VP Business Development – Climate Tech at BGN.

Blechner Center Director Prof. Moti Herskowitz said he believes the advanced patent-backed technology, “combined with the excellent business platform provided by CarboNGV, will yield a process to be implemented worldwide.”

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